Hall of Famer and former Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Roberto Alomar is coming to London as part of the 61st annual London Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction in support of the Thames Valley Children’s Centre.
The fundraising event will take place on February 13, 2017 at the Metroland Media Agriplex at the Western Fair District.
Alomar helped guide the Toronto Blue Jays to back-to-back World Series Championships in 1992 and ’93. Organizers say more special guests will be announced over the coming weeks.
“We plan to bring some new, exciting changes to the event while continuing to carry on some of the favourite traditions that make this a must-attend evening,” said Ryan Robinson and Natalie Wakabayashi, co-chairs of the London Sports Celebrity Dinner and Committee.
Joining Alomar at the head table will be Thames Valley Children’s Centre ambassador Cole Martin, 15, a bilateral below knee amputee who will speak about his personal experiences with the TVCC programs.
“The staff at Thames Valley Children’s Centre have helped me over the years by providing devices to help me after my surgeries like walkers, wheelchairs, physiotherapy, and many more items to help me recover as quickly as possible,” Martin said.
“While growing up and even now, I have always thought being able to take my legs off whenever I want was an advantage, not a disadvantage. Because of my leg issues, I have had to learn to do everyday tasks differently and no one thinks that is a bad thing.”
The fundraising dinner and auction will support a wide-range of programs at the TVCC, a regional rehabilitation centre for children with physical, communication or developmental needs.
Tickets for the event are on sale now and are $150 each or $1,200 for a table of eight. Bleacher seats in the Agriplex are $20 and do not include dinner.
For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.ldnsportsdinner.com